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Language, Meaning and the Law$
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Chris Hutton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633500

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633500.001.0001

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Representation, Reproduction and Intention

Representation, Reproduction and Intention

(p.102) 6 Representation, Reproduction and Intention
Language, Meaning and the Law

Christopher Hutton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at legal dilemmas in relation to representation, and the question of how and whether law is concerned with the intention of the person producing or circulating an image. It looks at the case of a case of a T-shirt in Hong Kong which made reference to gangster culture, a counterfeit artist who made images or partial reproductions of currency, the idea of words and images that cause hurt or harm (and might be forbidden under a tort of racial insult), and the notion of speech as a form of social action. This can be hate speech on US campuses, the burning of the United States flag, swearing, pornography, etc. the key question is how law can and should allocate responsibility for meaning between the utterer and the utterer's presumed intention, the medium and the addressee, in cases where some taboo is breached.

Keywords:   Representation, Reproduction, Intention, Taboo, Hate speech, Tort of racial insult, Authorship, Responsibility

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